Jenn and I met a while back when we were both doing press on a movie. She was with Andy Samberg and I was with Rashida Jones. When she came in the room, she looked so flawless, I thought she was the talent!! She has this amazing sense of style and career to go with it!
She is a kickass mom with a funky esthetic, who does gorgeous makeup. She paints the famous faces of Emily Blunt, Elisabeth Moss, and Margot Robbie, just to name a few. To top it off she has her own salon with her 2 sisters!!! The dynamic trio own Striiike in Beverly Hills. I’m so glad Jenn took the time out of her schedule to answer some questions for us!
What inspired you to become a professional makeup artist?
I grew up in a very small town in northern California and started doing makeup at a cosmetic counter straight out of high school because I thought wearing a uniform and nylons was very glamorous. While I really loved doing makeup, I had no idea that I could do it professionally till I moved to NYC when I was 26 years old. It was then that I really focused on my craft and started inching my way into the “industry”
How long have you been in this industry?
What were some early career setbacks?
I know it probably sounds super corny, but I don’t really have any “set-backs”. That’s not to say I haven’t had a hard time every once in a while. But when I look back, everything has literally happened for a reason.
What’s the best part about your job? What’s the hardest?
I love traveling and visiting new places. And the free makeup is a definite perk. The hardest is being away from my family for long periods of time and having to talk about yourself every once in a while.
What project or campaign made you realize you made it?
I’m still waiting…
Name some products you absolutely swear by?
I don’t know what I would do if I went to work without a beauty blender. It’s the one tool I can’t live without. Sure wish I would have invented that one….
What’s an absolute makeup no-no?
Always remember there are no rules.
What’s something every woman should master by the time they reach 30?
Being comfortable in your own skin.
What are some beauty and skincare tips you give to your own clients?
Less is more. And take a step away from the mirror when you look at yourself. No one else is looking at you that close.
Tell us about your company with your sisters, STRIIIKE.
I have 2 sisters. One who does hair and one who is an eyebrow specialist. We just opened a space together in Beverly Hills. As of now, it’s just us there doing our individual craft. It has been so much fun and super creative. I often wonder why we never thought of doing it before. We seem to get along best while we are there working together.
You’re a mother, what’s some makeup advice for new mothers always on the go?
Once I became a mom, and realized how valuable my time is, I really honed in on my beauty routine. I literally spend 5 minutes in front of the mirror on most days. Sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, blush, 1 eye shadow stick, mascara, brow and usually a bright pop of lipstick. Those are my essentials. Find your essentials and make it a familiar routine.
What are some beauty mistakes you made when you were younger that you want your own kids to avoid?
Perms and mullets.
What makeup trends are looking forward to the most this Fall season?
I do love a dark berry lip and matching nails.
Any advice for young people today to make it in this business?
I don’t. But I am always looking for some.
How can people find you?
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